The Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture and Forestry Management
The Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium (KREC) and Energizing Kentucky are jointly sponsoring a forum in Louisville that will focus on the opportunities and challenges that Kentucky’s agriculture and forestry sectors will face in a reduced carbon economy. The Kentucky Forum on Carbon Sequestration Through Agriculture and Forestry Management will be held on September 10, 2009, at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
The purpose of the forum is to bring together Kentucky leaders from agriculture, forestry, energy, research, government, business and advocacy sectors to hear from both national and local experts on carbon policy, climate change, the economics of carbon emission reductions, and on agriculture and forestry-based technologies to capture, convert and sequester carbon. The forum will also include speakers who will address forest management, algae research, energy crops and methane gas capture, and a Kentucky Stakeholder Response Panel.
Forum Topics include:
- Kentucky’s Strategy for Energy Independence
- Carbon Policy Imperatives
- The Economics of Carbon Reductions
- Carbon Reduction Opportunities from Agriculture & Forestry Offsets
- Solutions from the Land – Technologies to Capture, Convert and Sequester Carbon
- Energy Crops for Kentucky
- Algae Research
- Miscanthus and Switchgrass Test Plots
- Landfill Methane Gas Capture
- Growing Trees on Abandoned Mine Sites
- James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville
- Len Peters, Secretary, Kentucky Energy & Environment Cabinet
- Roger Thomas, Executive Director, Kentucky Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
- Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, National 25x'25
- Adam Andrews, Director of Programs, Kentucky Corn Growers Association
- Scott Shouse, Forester, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
- Tom FitzGerald, Director, Kentucky Resources Council
- Ray Smith, Professor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
- Leah MacSwords, Director, Kentucky Division of Forestry
- Frank Moore, Policy Advisor, Kentucky Department for Energy Development & Independence
- Samuel Morton, Engineer, Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky
- Meredith Boyd, Marketing Representative, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
- Greg Halich, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
- Mick Henderson, General Manager, Commonwealth Agri-Energy
- Ruth Logsdon, Environmental Manager, Cox Interior, Inc.
Kentucky’s agriculture and forestry sectors need to become better informed about the opportunities and risks of a cap and trade system should the policy become law. The forum will help show agriculture and forestry stakeholders how they can reduce risks and better position themselves to deliver carbon offset services.
The forum is open to the public. The cost to attend is $25 which includes lunch and parking. Pre-Registration is required.